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A few weeks ago, I did a live with @hafsacreates about how to create “Muslim culture” in your home. We discussed some lovely ideas, and here’s another one!
I attended a “salah-bration” party at a friend’s house after her daughter turned 7 (7 is the age that children begin to pray their 5 daily prayers). At the party, there was an amazing salah quiz, the kids prayed together, and every child received a parting gift of the 30th juz’ and a lovely hijab.
In lieu of gifts, all the guests were asked to write a letter to the little girl letting her know why salah was special to them.
What a beautiful way to celebrate the beginning of a lifetime of turning to Allah (swt).
I love this idea because it’s a way to highlight the kinds of things we want our kids to value.
May Allah swt guide all of us to continually turn to Him ❤️
Planning on having an iftaar party for your children? Here are some ideas to get you going!
- Take them shopping for charity!
I loved this idea done by a clever mum – “Invite them home a little early and pop into the closest supermarket and give them some money, then ask them to buy some food for charity! Make it a challenge to make it even more exciting: Who can get the most items out of the designated £5? Who can spend the closest to £5? What kinds of food do you think would be most appreciated?”
So many lessons to learn! And so fitting for this month!
- Another idea was to give out an empty box and a Ramadan Giving Calendar (see: https://www.buzzideazz.com/ramadan-giving-calendar/) as a party favour to encourage children to give charity during the month.
- How about this Diner idea?Instead of presents, everyone was asked to bring a brand new unwrapped toy to the value of £10-15 to give to a child at Hillingdon hospital. They managed to deliver 27 😀!
And finally, the icing on the top was their party favours. They distributed reusable (and collapsible to fit in pockets and purses!) tea cups filled with sweets, to encourage the girls to bring their own dishes to iftars and do their bit to protect the earth that we live in by cutting down on disposable waste.
Have you held iftaar parties? Would love to hear what you do in them!
Looking for ideas for Ramadan and Eid parties? You’re at the right place!
Here is a link to some great ideas for a Welcome Ramadan Party for kids: http://myhalalkitchen.com/welcome-ramadan-party-kids/
And here is an example of an Eid party for kids:
One mum held an Eid party for her sons and friends! They sang ‘Eid Mubarak To You’ while cutting the cake, and had the usual fun stuff of a bouncy castle and toys to make it extra special for the children.
Check out the Eid cake!
And I love these unique Eid cookie jars with moon cutter as a party favour!
And here are some Eid party games played at a Babble&Chat (Islamic Mother and Toddler session):
– Pass the parcel with questions about the Holy Qur’an
– Pin the crescent on the masjid
– ‘Shaban, shaban, ramadhan’ (our version of ‘duck duck goose’)
– Treasure hunt
Sooo many people have said that a buloogh party is an excellent way to make turning 9 a celebration and something to look forward to, as opposed to just being about all the new responsibilities and musts (which is how it used to be not so long ago)…
And you don’t have to limit the celebrations to other Muslim friends – a few mums have invited their daughter’s school friends also and it has been a great way to get them aware of buloogh and everything about it!
Check out this awesome example 🙂
There were stations around the room, each one with a different hadith and corresponding activity. So there was:
* A charity station – as you could see on the invite, they requested people to donate charity in lieu of presents. As the mum explained, it was a great opportunity to talk to her daughter about Sawaab-e-Jaariya and how this was her way of now collecting for the hereafter instead. What a great way to start your life after buloogh!
* A pampering station – here the girls got a chance to be pampered which becoming aware of the importance of cleanliness in Islam.
* A photo booth – a hadith on how even a smile can be a form of charity is a perfect accompaniment to taking a photo as a memento of the party!
* A mehndi station – a chance for the girls to put on mehndi and look pretty
* A talk was also given to the girls on buloogh and the importance of Akhlaaq and representing Islam as young hijaabis.
In another party, there was a beauty theme and there were mini pampering stations all around!
It’s the birthday of the Lady of Light! I thought I would share what somebody did this last weekend to mark the birthday of Bibi Fatima (pbuh) with her daughter in a beautiful way…
“In anticipation of my little girl growing into a young lady quicker than I can keep up with (!), I decided to start a yearly ritual at the time of the wiladat of Sayyada Fatema Zahra (sa) in the hope that she and her friends can begin cultivating a love for the lady who will be their guide and role model through life. We kept it small this year as it was our first one. We started with a story about a Princess who makes a sacrifice to help her mother get over an illness, out of love for her. We then talked about parents, how much we love and respect them and the things we can do to show them this. We talked about how special our mothers are in particular and how the most amazing mother was Sayyada Fatema Zahra (sa) and some of her amazing qualities that we all aspire to have. We ended with learning the du’a for parents “rabbir ham huma kama rabba yaanee sagheera.”
We all then got stuck into three fun activities! Decorating cupcakes and making paper tissue flowers as special treats for the mummies and also making a du’a card to display at home reminding the girls to recite the du’a that they had learned.
The girls then chatted and enjoyed some snacks before going home with their girly pink bags filled with tabarruk and their activities, to present to their mummies :)”
Idea Number 8:
Have a Party!! Small party or big party, Eid is as good a reason as anything to have a little celebration isn’t it? Even if it’s just the family 🙂